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the Rule of Law

There are a variety of meanings for rule of law.

Choose two viewpoints among the various concepts of the rule of law and explain your idea of what it means.

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Rule of Law

Thomas Paine in his 1776 essay 'Common Sense' pointed to 'Rule of Law' to be essential because -

"For as in absolute governments the king is law, so in free countries the law ought to be king; and there ought to be no other."

In other words, the rule of law equates to the principle that 'no one is above the law' in a country ruled by it. Governance wise, I subscribe to the view that the power of any government is only as far as the Law allows ...

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The solution provides a concise discussion on the concept 'The Rule of Law'; defining the concept according to the American Constitution, the solution traces the idea from the work of Thomas Paine & John Locke to the present universal definition. The solution presents two viewpoints about the concept, explained by providing current examples. A word format of the solution is provided; the solution is written in APA format therefore references are provided to expand the discussion for students who wish to delve into the topic more.